The damage to our environment and the harm it can bring to human and animals life from injudicious alteration of the ecosystem are obvious-an ecosystem that took billion of year of evolution to establish.Areas devastated by one ore more problem (Los Angeles with it smog, West Virginia with its strip – mining) are trying to correct the problem; other areas not vet polluted are taking measures to insure that the quantity of their water,air and land is not degraded. Yet often it has communities were unaware of the threat until the late 1960s, when in many cases the problem had reached an almost irreversible point.
The question before our society, based on our new and growing perception of the effect of human pollution of the environment, is both elementary and air? How will we pay? Can we simply pay cash, or must we give up some of our now taken for granted machines and luxuries?
The scope of the environmental problem has been well-established. The question is what can be citizens do about helping to esae the burden? Action groups should be formed to ensure passage of environmental legislation; ecology courses should be given at many level of the education system;and just plain watching for one’s own garbage and littering is a beginning. But all the these and other measures assume a knowledge that the ecosystem is n danger. Certainly not every one know it or agrees to the extent that earth is scarred or the air polluted. Common public acceptance of the problem, combined with real concern is the only way the society as a whole can deal with the costs and effort of the clean-up ahead.Just ecosystem is made up of thousands of functions all dependent in some way on each other, the society, too, has to depend on all its members to treat the problem with seriousness. The minority cannot achieve a clean, healthy world; it will take a vast majority of the population to make that world a reality.